'All My Children': Susan Lucci making the move to L.A., Thorsten Kaye not

susanlucci_290.jpgCome Friday, Dec. 11 the ABC soap opera "All My Children" will be closing up shop in New York City after 39 years and moving production to Los Angeles.

This means the large cast has to pick up and move across the country as well. Among the contract players who will: Brittany Allen, David Canary, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Stephanie Gatschet, Ricky Paull Goldin, Vincent Irizarry, Michael E. Knight, Susan Lucci, Jamie Luner, Adam Mayfield, JR Martinez, Cameron Mathison, Debbi Morgan, Cornelius Smith, Jr., Denise Vasi, Darnell Williams and Jacob Young.

Thorsten Kaye, who has played Zach Slater since 2004, has announced that he will not be relocating and Ray MacDonnell is taking the opportunity to retire from the role of Joe Martin that he's had since 1970.

aliciaminshew_290.jpgAlicia Minshew, who's played Kendall Hart since 2002, will be going on maternity leave beginning in November although she will still appear on the show throughout December.

ABC says that "recurring" actors participation will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on what the storylines dictate and their availability.

Production will resume after the holiday hiatus on Monday, Jan. 4.

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